30 Poems About Halloween

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Dan

Howling winds, dark and eerie nights…it must be October! Halloween is such a fun time of year – you get to dress up in costumes, enjoy sweet treats, spook your friends with scary tales, and of course read lots and LOTS of poetry.

If you’re an educator looking for Halloween-themed poetry to share with your students or use in the classroom this season, then look no further!

We’ve rounded up 30 amazing poems about ghosts, ghouls, jack o’lanterns, and all things creepy.

So grab a cozy sweater (and maybe a flashlight!) and let’s dive into some frightfully good literature!

Related: For more, check out our article on Poems About The Moon  here.

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Five Free Verse Poems About Halloween

1. The Eve of All Hallows

In the crisp, autumn air, a tale unfolds,
A story as old as time, yet never grows old.
The moon, a silver sentinel, stands guard in the sky,
While jack-o-lantern grins flicker, their flames dancing high.

Children, cloaked in fantasy, roam the night,
Their laughter echoing amidst the soft fright.
Candy-filled cauldrons clink and clatter,
As they traverse the streets, their chatter creating a delightful patter.

A night of make-believe, where ghouls are friends,
And the ordinary world, for a moment, bends.

2. The Witching Hour

When the clock strikes twelve, and the world is asleep,
Into the night, the spirits creep.
Through the veil between worlds, thin and frail,
Comes the enchantment of the Halloween tale.

Witches on broomsticks, soaring high,
Underneath the star-kissed sky.
Ghosts whispering secrets in the breeze,
And skeletons rattling their keys.

The witching hour, a time of power,
Unleashed in this spectral bower.
A celebration of the strange and unseen,
A tribute to all things Halloween.

3. The Symphony of Shadows

Halloween, a symphony of shadows,
Played on the strings of the cosmos.
Each note, a shiver down the spine,
As darkness and light intertwine.

Costumed creatures, roaming free,
In the orchestra of this spooky spree.
An opus of mystery, magic, and mirth,
As we honor the cycle of death and rebirth.

4. The Pumpkin’s Tale

Once a humble gourd, now a beacon bright,
Carved with care on Halloween night.
Eyes glowing with ember’s fire,
A silent sentinel amidst the vampire’s choir.

Its grin, a testament to the season’s charm,
Against the night’s chill, a lantern warm.
A symbol of harvest, of cycle’s end,
And of the new beginnings that lie around the bend.

5. The Dance of the Spirits

On Halloween, when the veil is thin,
The spirits dance, their ethereal grins.
A waltz of wisps in the moonlit night,
A spectacle of spectral delight.

They twirl and whirl in the autumn air,
An unseen ballet, beyond compare.
A dance of remembrance, of lives once lived,
A moment of connection, that Halloween gives.

Related: For more, check out our article on Poems About Witches here.

Five Haiku Poems About Halloween

1. All Hallows’ Eve

Night of mystery,
Ghosts whispering history,
In moon’s treasury.

2. The Pumpkin’s Smile

Carved face in the night,
Tales told in flickering light,
Autumn’s delight.

3. Trick or Treat

Laughter fills the street,
Candy makes the evening sweet,
Halloween’s heartbeat.

4. The Witch’s Dance

Broomsticks in the sky,
Underneath the moon, they fly,
Magic’s lullaby.

5. The Veil Thins

Veil thin as gossamer,
Spirits dance, a blur,
In time, we remember.

Related: For more, check out our article on Poems About Ghosts here.

Limerick

Five Limerick Poems About Halloween

The Witch’s Brew

In a cauldron, she stirred up a stew,
Underneath the moon that is new,
With a cackle and grin,
She tossed ingredients in,
And out came a magical brew.

The Ghostly Guest

There once was a ghost, quite a pest,
Who thought he was being his best,
He’d rattle and moan,
Chill you right to the bone,
In the dark, he loved to jest.

A Pumpkin’s Tale

There once was a pumpkin so bright,
Carved with a face in the night,
With a candle’s glow,
It put on a show,
Giving everyone quite a fright.

Trick or Treat

Kids running down the street,
Shouting “trick or treat!”
Collecting sweets so neat,
On this holiday so fleet,
Oh, Halloween is such a treat!

The Vampire’s Feast

A vampire with fangs sharp and neat,
Saw Halloween as a feast,
He’d fly through the night,
Under the pale moonlight,
Looking for a blood-filled treat.

Tanka

Five Tanka Poems About Halloween

The Magic of All Hallows’ Eve

A night filled with charm,
Children, arm in arm, roam streets,
Laughter echoes sweet.
In costumes, they weave stories,
Magic of All Hallows’ Eve.

The Pumpkin’s Glow

Underneath the moon,
Pumpkin faces brightly loom,
Carved in autumn’s room.
Their glow tells tales of harvest,
And of winter’s coming soon.

The Witch’s Dance

Broomsticks take to flight,
In the cool October night,
Witch’s dance delight.
A ballet under moon’s gaze,
Halloween’s enchanting sight.

The Ghostly Parade

Ghosts, in soft parade,
Through the veil, their forms fade,
In moonlight, they wade.
They whisper tales of old times,
In this spectral masquerade.

Trick or Treat

“Trick or treat!” they call,
Running from door to door, small
Footsteps in the fall.
Candy bags grow heavier,
In this festival for all.

Sonnet

Five Sonnet Poems About Halloween

The Enchantment of All Hallows’ Eve

Upon the eve when spirits roam so free,
And children laugh, their hearts filled with delight,
In costumes stitched with love and fantasy,
They journey forth into the autumn night.

Pumpkins aglow with flickering candlelight,
Cast shadows dancing on the cobblestone,
While tales of old are whispered in the night,
Of spectral figures from the great unknown.

A witch’s cackle echoes through the trees,
As broomsticks skim the moon’s silvery sheen,
The rustling leaves whispering with the breeze,
Add to the magic of this hallowed scene.

Halloween’s enchantment, a timeless spell,
In every heart, its stories dwell.

The Tale of the Jack-o’-Lantern

In harvest’s glow, a pumpkin’s tale is told,
Carved with a face, both merry and bold,
Its light, a beacon in the cold,
Guiding spirits, both young and old.

Its grin, a symbol of joy untold,
Its eyes, windows to tales of old,
Its glow, a warmth that does unfold,
A tradition, in our hearts, we hold.

From humble beginnings, its story grew,
Into a symbol known by a chosen few,
Now, it shines under the moon’s hue,
A part of the season’s magical brew.

Through the Jack-o’-lantern’s gentle light,
We celebrate the Halloween night.

The Witch’s Waltz

Underneath the moon’s watchful gaze,
Witches dance in a mystic haze,
Their broomsticks twirling in a blaze,
Their laughter echoing in the maze.

Their dance, an ancient phrase,
Spoken in the moon’s soft rays,
Their joy, no one can appraise,
In this spectral ballet’s phase.

As they whirl in the moonlit glaze,
Their magic sets the night ablaze,
In their dance, there’s much to praise,
A sight that truly amazes.

On Halloween, witches waltz and daze,
Their dance, a spell that always stays.

The Spectral Procession

When the veil between worlds grows thin,
Spirits step through, their parade begins,
In the moonlight, their forms spin,
Their whispers carried on the wind.

Their stories, a melody on the violin,
Their presence, a reminder of kin,
Their parade, a spectacle akin,
To a dream woven from within.

As they march under the moon’s chin,
Their spectral forms in a gentle din,
We remember those who’ve been,
In this ghostly processional hymn.

On Halloween, spirits walk herein,
Their procession, a tale under the moon’s grin.

Trick or Treat

“Trick or treat!” the children cry,
Underneath the autumn sky,
With each doorbell, they apply,
Their joy and laughter multiply.

Candy bags growing high,
Their excitement, they can’t deny,
In costumes, they identify,
With heroes who can fly.

As they run with energy spry,
Collecting sweets, they comply,
With the tradition that does tie,
Us all in a bond that’s wry.

On Halloween, kids amplify,
The magic that will never die.

Villanelle Poem

Five Villanelle Poems About Halloween

The Enchantment of All Hallows’ Eve

In costumes bright, the children roam,
With laughter echoing in the night.
On Halloween, magic finds a home.

From door to door, they joyfully comb,
Collecting treats with pure delight,
In costumes bright, the children roam.

Pumpkins aglow, like fairy dome,
Tell tales of harvest under moonlight.
On Halloween, magic finds a home.

Ghosts and ghouls from ancient tome,
In stories spun, they ignite,
In costumes bright, the children roam.

Witches dance under starry dome,
Their joy in the air, takes flight.
On Halloween, magic finds a home.

So celebrate this spectral poem,
Where fantasy and fun unite,
In costumes bright, the children roam,
On Halloween, magic finds a home.

The Tale of the Jack-o’-Lantern

A pumpkin carved, a tale to tell,
Its light flickers like a spell,
Underneath the moon’s soft swell.

With eyes that gleam and mouth that yell,
It guards the night, as stories dwell,
A pumpkin carved, a tale to tell.

Through autumn’s crisp and chilly shell,
Its glow brings comfort, as legends gel,
Underneath the moon’s soft swell.

An emblem of the season’s knell,
In its light, spirits fell,
A pumpkin carved, a tale to tell.

So let your heart in its magic dwell,
As Halloween’s charm, around us shell,
A pumpkin carved, a tale to tell,
Underneath the moon’s soft swell.

The Witch’s Waltz

Underneath the moon, witches dance,
Their broomsticks twirling in a trance,
Halloween’s mystical romance.

Their laughter fills the air by chance,
In their joy, they advance,
Underneath the moon, witches dance.

Their magic weaves a powerful lance,
In the night, their spells enhance,
Halloween’s mystical romance.

As they whirl in their spectral prance,
The night is set in a magical glance,
Underneath the moon, witches dance.

So let your heart in their waltz entrance,
As the moon above, casts its lance,
Underneath the moon, witches dance,
Halloween’s mystical romance.

The Spectral Procession

When the veil between worlds grows thin,
Spirits step through, their parade begins,
On Halloween, their stories spin.

Under the moonlight, their forms grin,
Their whispers carried on the wind,
When the veil between worlds grows thin.

Their procession, a spectral kin,
In their presence, memories pinned,
On Halloween, their stories spin.

As they march with a gentle din,
We remember those who’ve been,
When the veil between worlds grows thin.

So listen closely to their hymn,
In their tales, there’s much to win,
When the veil between worlds grows thin,
On Halloween, their stories spin.

Trick or Treat

“Trick or treat!” the children cry,
With each doorbell, their spirits fly,
On Halloween, joy fills the sky.

Their laughter echoes, far and high,
In their excitement, they amplify,
“Trick or treat!” the children cry.

Collecting sweets, they comply,
With a tradition that does tie,
On Halloween, joy fills the sky.

As they run with energy spry,
Their happiness, you can’t deny,
“Trick or treat!” the children cry.

So join in their revelry nigh,
In this festival that’s not shy,
“Trick or treat!” the children cry,
On Halloween, joy fills the sky.

Five Ode Poems About Halloween

Ode to the Magic of All Hallows’ Eve

Oh, the enchantment of All Hallows’ Eve!
A night where children’s laughter fills the air,
In costumes stitched with dreams, they weave,
Stories that spark imagination and flair.

How wonderful it is to see them roam,
With bags of candy and hearts full of glee,
Underneath the moon’s silvery dome,
They celebrate the magic of mystery.

So here’s to the night when spirits are near,
And pumpkins glow with a comforting light,
Oh, Halloween, you bring such cheer,
A celebration of autumn’s delightful sight.

Ode to the Pumpkin’s Glow

Hail to thee, oh pumpkin, shining bright,
Carved with a face that lights the night,
Your glow tells tales of the harvest’s might,
And whispers of winter’s impending flight.

How you stand, in autumn’s cool twilight,
A symbol of the season, full of insight,
Your orange hue, under the moon’s white,
Brings comfort to all with your warm light.

So here’s to thee, oh pumpkin, so right,
You bring joy to every Halloween night.

Ode to the Witch’s Dance

Oh, the witches who dance under the moon,
Their laughter is a hauntingly beautiful tune,
On broomsticks, they soar, casting runes,
Their ballet, an enchanting afternoon.

How gracefully they waltz, in syncopated croon,
Their joy, a melody that makes hearts swoon,
Underneath the stars, they weave a boon,
Their dance, a spectacle that ends too soon.

So here’s to the witches, whose dance attune,
The magical rhythm of the Halloween moon.

Ode to the Ghostly Parade

Praise be to the spirits who walk the night,
Their ghostly forms, a spectral sight,
In the moonlight, they take flight,
Their whispers, tales of ancient might.

How they glide, with a grace so light,
Their presence, a gentle and comforting blight,
In their procession, they ignite,
Memories of loved ones, held tight.

So here’s to the spirits, who in their right,
Bring depth to the Halloween night.

Ode to Trick or Treat

Oh, the joy of the trick or treat,
Where children run, on eager feet,
From door to door, they meet and greet,
Collecting candies, oh so sweet.

How their laughter echoes in the street,
Their bags of candy, a delightful feat,
In their costumes, they compete,
To celebrate Halloween, they repeat.

So here’s to the tradition that’s neat,
The trick or treat, a Halloween treat.

So there you have it, 30 spine-tingling poems about Halloween! We’ve journeyed together through the eerie landscapes of the imagination, met ghoulish characters, and explored the mysterious allure of All Hallows’ Eve – all through the power of poetry.

Whether you’re a teacher hoping to bring some Halloween spirit into your classroom or a curious reader looking for a good fright, we hope these poems have delighted and spooked you in equal measure.

Remember, Halloween isn’t just about the costumes and candy – it’s also a time to celebrate storytelling, imagination, and the chilling thrill of a well-crafted verse.

So as October draws to a close, keep these poems close at hand. Read them under the covers with a flashlight, share them with friends around a crackling fire, or use them to inspire your own haunting verses. After all, who knows what spooky adventures next Halloween will bring? Until then, happy reading and sweet screams!

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